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NLU Alum Earns NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award Darrell Williams '16 selected by Office of the Secretary of Defense for recognition of his contribution to equal opportunity

(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Marcus Johnson, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)

NAACP Board Members with NLU alum

NAACP Board Members pose with NLU alum Darrell Williams as he earns NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award

Darrell Williams, chief of military personnel in the DISA Operations Center, received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award during the 109th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Convention in San Antonio July 17.

The award recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves by promoting the tenets of civil and human rights, equal opportunity, human relations and public service.

Williams earned the prestigious award for promoting civil rights, and was honored alongside fellow recipients from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau.

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Rising Junior Steals The Show At Gala Awards Dinner NLU gave awards to three alumni at annual Reach awards

It’s not every day that undergraduates of modest means dress up in suits and fancy dresses and attend a gala awards dinner with National Louis University donors, award recipients, alumni and guests. It’s also not every day that one of those undergraduates blows away a room of 250 people by telling her story from the heart.

NLU held its annual Reach awards, which honor distinguished alumni for their accomplishments, at the Chicago Sofitel in June, and Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., welcomed the attendees. Continue reading »

NLU Business, Healthcare Earn Commendations, Reaccreditation While Higher Learning Commission accredits entire university, IACBE accreditation lauds business program quality

The business and healthcare programs at National Louis University just achieved the equivalent of being listed in the Fortune 500, the ultimate measure of success.

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education evaluated NLU’s business and healthcare programs in a two-year-long accreditation reaffirmation process, and they passed with flying colors. Not only did IACBE renew the accreditation of NLU’s undergraduate and graduate programs, it also extended accreditation to a newly redesigned program and offered NLU two commendations– an enviable feat. Continue reading »

Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.” Continue reading »

National Louis Wins 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award NLU shows 'true thought leadership,' Eduventures leader said

A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education. Continue reading »

Prof Yates Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from School Counselors Illinois School Counselors Association honored Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

National Louis University’s Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D, won the Illinois School Counseling Association’s LIfetime Achievement Award on April 20, 2018.

When she sat down to a luncheon Friday at the Illinois School Counselors Association conference, Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D., was expecting a quiet meal with fellow National Louis University professors.

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Bouchey Receives National Award from Epilepsy Foundation for Advocacy Tireless mom, NLU associate dean received award for legislative efforts


After Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., got over the shock of having her 10-year-old son Gavin diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015, she started leading a charge to increase awareness and find new treatments.

Bouchey, associate professor and associate dean of college operations and faculty development for National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, grew into a leadership role as a volunteer doing legislative advocacy with the Epilepsy Foundation. Continue reading »

Congratulations! Four NLU Alumni Receive Golden Apple Awards Two alums in Chicago, two in Rockford receive the prestigious award for teachers

Teachers watch with anticipation every year as Golden Apple (in the Chicago area) and the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford go through the process of fielding nominations for outstanding teachers, making personal visits to the finalists’ classrooms and then finally selecting Golden Apple award winners.

This year, four National Louis University alumni got the thrill of having the media, their principals, officials and others surprise them in their classroom with the exciting news they had won Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching.  Golden Apple bestowed awards to two Chicago-area teachers, and Golden Apple of Rockford bestowed two to teachers in northern Illinois. Continue reading »

Lincoln Laureate Awarded to Student Jeremy Kwitschau Annual honor goes to a top student at each four-year university

Gov. Bruce Rauner, at right, and First Lady Diana Rauner award NLU student Jeremy Kwitschau the Student Lincoln Laureate for 2017. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall of the Lincoln Academy is at left.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a nonprofit organization,  honors one graduating senior from each four-year university in the state as its student Lincoln Laureate. The student must have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Jeremy Kwitschau of Batavia is representing National Louis University as its 2017-18 Lincoln Laureate. Kwitschau  is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement.  He traveled to Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 11 to receive his certificate of merit, Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check. Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner presented the awards to Illinois’ top students in the Old State Capitol Historic Site. Continue reading »